Saturday, July 7, 2012

Arrogant Frog 2011 Ribet White Sauvignon Blanc

It would be all to easy to dismiss the Arrogant Frog wines produced by Jean-Claude Mas in the Languedoc region of France as novelty wines barely worth a second glance. There are the jokey labels, unashamedly populist marketing and bargain basement prices, all of which add up to plenty of ammunition for the prosecution. The simply fact is, though, that Mas pays a lot of attention to his vineyards and makes wines that are terrific value for money and offer vibrant everyday drinkability. This is a fresh and lively style, a simple Vin de Pays d'Oc that is aromatic and herbal on the nose, with citrus and herbaceous notes and some refreshing acid. It would be terrific with grilled sardines, or with a late-night snack while watching the Tour de France. $11.

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